Food culture

Sweden has attained an international reputation for culinary excellence in recent years and standards are high at all levels.

Emphasis is placed on high-quality natural ingredients - notably fresh, pickled and smoked seafood (particularly herring, crayfish, salmon and eel) and game meats such as elk and reindeer. The famous Swedish smörgåsbord is rather less common these days, but most hotels offer a smörgåsbord-style breakfast and if you are in Sweden during the weeks before Christmas you may wish to sample the traditional "julbord" (Christmas buffet).

Today´s multicultural society has also resulted in a wide variety of ethnic restaurants and an exciting "crossover" style in which traditional Swedish dishes are reinvented with new foreign influences.

You will also find all the usual fast-food outlets and pizzerias, and if you are after a good value and tasty snack, you´re never far from a hot-dog stand selling the popular "varmkorv".

A "Dagens rätt" (dish of the day) is available in most restaurants at lunchtime, which is served from about 11am to 2pm.

There are plenty of cafés and cafeterias for lighter snack.

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